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CYMBELINE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED. Cymbeline, king of Britain.

Cornelius, a physician. Cluten, son to the queen by a former husband. Two Gentlemen, Leonatus Posthumus, a gentleman, husband to Tro Gaolers,

Imogen. Belarius, a banished lord, disguised under the name Queen, wife to Cymbeline. of Morgan.

Imogen, daughter to Cymbelinė by a former queen, Guiderius, sons to Cymbeline, disguised under the Helen, woman to Imogen. Arviragus, 5 posed sons to Belarius. names of Polydore and Cadwal, sup

Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, Appar Philario, friend to Philharmonus, } Italians.

ritions, a Soolhsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a

Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, CapA French Gentleman, friend to Philario.

täins, Soldiers, Messengers, and other AttendCaius Lucius, general of the Roman forces,

ants. A Roman Captain. Two British Captains. Pisanio, servant to Posthumus.

Scene, sometimes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.

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ACT I.

His measure duly."
2 Gent.

What's his name, and birth? SCENE 1.—Britain. _The garden behind Cym 1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: His father beline's palace. Enter Two Gentlemen. Was call?d Sicilius, who did join his honour,

Against the Romans, with Cassibelan; 1 Gentleman.

But had his titles by Tenantius, whom

He serv'd with glory and admir'd success :
do not meet a man but frowns: our bloods' So gain'd the sur-addition, Leonatus :
No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers ; And had, besides this gentleman in question,
Still seem, as does the king's.

Two other sons, who, in the wars o'the time, 2 Gent.

But what's the matter? Died with their swords in hand; for which their 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king

father dom, whom

(Then old and fond of issue,) took such sorrow, He purpos'd to his wife's sole son (a widow, That he quit being; and his gentle lady, That late he married, )hath referr'd herself Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas'd Unto a poor but worthy gentleman: She's

wedded ; As he was born. The king, he takes the babe Her husband banish'd; she imprison'd: all To his protection; calls him Posthumus; Is outward sorrow; though, I think, the king Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber : Be touch'd at very heart.

Puts him to all the learnings that his time 2 Gent.

None but the king ? Could make him the receiver of; which he took, 1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too: so is the As we do air, fast as 'twas minister'd; and queen,

In his spring became a harvest : Livd in court, That most desir’d the match: But not a courtier, (Which rare it is to do,) most prais'd, most lord : Although they wear their faces to the bent A sample to the youngest ; to the more mature, of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not A glass that feated' them; and to the graver, Glad at the thing they scowl at.

A child that guided dotards : to his mistress, 2 Gent.

And why so? For whom he now is banish'd,--her own price 1 Gent. He that hath miss’d the princess, is a Proclaims how she esteem'd him and his virtue; thing

By her election may be truly read, Too bad for bad report: And he that hath her, What kind of man he is. (I mean, that married her,-alack, good man! 2 Gent.

I honour him And therefore banish'd) is a creature such Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell me, As, to seek through the regions of the earth Is she sole child to the king ? For one his like, there would be something failing 1 Gent.

His only child. In him that should compare. I do not think He had two sons (if this be worth your hearing, So fair an outward, and such stuff within, Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, Endows a man but he.

I'the swathing clothes the other, from their nursery 2 Gent. You speak him far.?

Were stolen: and to this hour, no guess in knots. 1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself;

ledge Crush him together, rather than unsold

Which way they went.
2 Gent.

How long is this ago? (1) Inclination, natural disposition.

i Gent. Some twenty years. (2) i. e. You praise him extensively.

(3) My praise, however extensive, is within his (4) The father of Cymbeline. merit.

(5) Formed their manners.

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I am gone.

2 Gent. That a king's children should be so con- You gentle gods, give me but this I have, vey'd !

And sear up' my embracements from a next So slackly guarded! And the search so slow, With bonds of death!-Remain thou here That could not trace them!

[Putting on the ring. 1 Gent. Howsoe'r 'tis strange, While sense? can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest

, Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd at, As I my poor self did exchange for you, Yet is it true, sir.

To your so infinite loss; so, in our trifes 2 Gent.

I do well believe you. I still win of you: For my sake, wear this, I Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the queen, It is a manacle of love; I'll place it and princess.

[Exeunt. Upon this fairest prisoner.

(Putting a bracelet on her arn. SCENE II.-The same. Enter the Queen, Pos Imo.

0, the gods! thumus, and Imogen.

When shall we see again? Queen. No, be assurd, you shall not find me, daughter,

Enter Cymbeline and Lords. Alter the slander of most step-mothers,

Post.

Alack, the king: Evil-ey'd unto you: you are my prisoner, but Cym. Thou basest thing, avoid! hence, from my Your gaoler shall dcliver you the keys

sight!
That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthumus, If, after this command, thou fraught the court
So soon as I can win the offended king,

With thy unworthiness, thou diest : Away!
I will be known your advocate : marry, yet Thou art poison to my blood.
The fire of rage is in him; and 'twere good,

Post.

The gods protect you!
You lean'd unto his sentence, with what patience And bless the good remainders of the court!
Your wisdom may inform you.

(Ezil Post.

Please your highness, Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death
I will from hence to-day.

More sharp than this is.
Queen.
You know the peril : Сут.

O disloyal thing
I'll leich a turn about the garden, pitying Thai should'st repair my youth: thou heapest
The pangs of barr'd affections; though the king A year's age on ine!
Hath charg'd you should not speak together. Imo.

I beseech you, sir, (Erit Queer. Harm not yourself with your vexation; I Imo.

0, Am senseless of your wrath; a touch ingre rare Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant Subdues all pangs, all fears. Can tickle where she wounds!—My dearest hus Cym.

Past grace ? obedience ? band,

Imo. Past hope and in despair ; that way, past I something fear my father's wrath; but nothing

grace. (Always reserv'd my holy duty,) what

Cym. That might'st have had the sole son of His rage can do on me : You must be gone;

my, queen; And I shall here abide the hourly shot

Imo. O'bless'd, that I might not! I chose an of angry eyes; not comforted to live,

eagle, But that there is this jewel in the world,

And did avoid a puttock.
That I may see again.

Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; would'st have made
Post.
My queen? my mistress !

my throne O, lady, weep no more ; lest I give cause

A seat for baseness. To be suspected of more tenderness

Imo. .

No; I rather added Than doth become a man! I will remain

A lustre to it. The loyal'st husband that did e'er plight troth Cym.

O thou vile one! My residence in Rome at one Philario's;

Imo.

Sir, Who to my father was a friend, to me

It is your fault that I have lovd Posthumus:
Known but by letter; thither write, my queen, You bred him as my playfellow; and he is
And with mine eyes i'll drink the words you send, A man, worth any woman; overbuys me
Though ink be made of gall.

Almost the sum he pays.
Re-enter Queen.

Cym.

What!-art thou mad!

Imo. Almost, sir :-Heaven restore me!--Would
Queen.
Be brief, I pray you:

I were
If the king come, I shall incur I know not

A neat-herd's daughter! and my Leonatus How much of his displeasure :-Yet I'll move him Our neighbour shepherd's son!

(Aside. To walk this way: I never do him wrong,

Re-enter Queen. But he does bugʻmy injuries, to be friends; Сут. .

Thou soolish thing! Pays dear for my offences.

(Exit. They were again together : you have done Post. Should we be taking leave

(To the Queen As long a term as yet we have to live,

Not after our command. Away with her,
The loathness to depart would grow: Adieu! And pen her up.
Inno. Nay, stay a little:

Queen. 'Beseech your patience :-Peace,
Were you but riding forth to air yourself, Dear lady daughter, peace; -Sweet sovereign,
Such parting were too petty. Look here, love; Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself sono
This diamond was my mother's: take it, heart;

comfort But keep it till you woo another wife,

Out of your best advice. When Imogen is dead.

Сут.

Nay, let her languish Post:

How! how! another 2- A drop of blood a day; and, being aged, (1) Close up. (2) Sensation. (3) Fill.

(6) A kite. (7) Cattle-keeper's (4) A more exquisite feeling. (5) Only, (8) Consideration.

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[Erit. Clo. Come, l'il to my chamber: 'Would there Enler Pisanio.

had been some hurt donc !

2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the fall Queen.

Fie !-you must give way: of an ass, which is no great hurt. Here is your servant.-How now, sir? What news?

(Aside,

Clo. You'll go with us?
Pis. My lord your son drew on my master. i Lord. I'll attend your lordship.
Queen.

Ha!

Clo. Nay, come, let's go together No harm, I trust, is done?

2 Lord. Well, my lord.

[Ereunt. Pis,

There might have been,
But that my master rather play'd than fought, SCENE IV.- room in Cymbeline's palace.
And had no help of anger: they were parted

Enler Imogen and Pisanio.
By gentlemen at hand.
Queen.

I am very glad on't. Imo. I would thou grew'st unto the shore's o'the Imo. Your son's my father's friend; he takes

haven, his part.

And question'dst every sail : if he should write, To draw upon an exile!-O brave sir !

And I not have it, 'twere a paper lost I would they were in Afric both together;

As offcr'd mercy is.

What was the last
Myself by with a necdlc, that I might prick That he spoke to thee?
The goer back. Why came you from your master ?

Pis.

'Twas His queen, his queen! Pis. On his cominand: He would not suffer me Imo. Then wav'd his handkerchief? To bring him to the haven: left these notes

Pis,

And kissid it, madam. Of what commands I should be subject to,

Imo. Senseless linen! happier therein than 1!When it pleas'd you to employ me.

And that was all ?
Queen.
This hath been Pis.

No, madam; for so long Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour

As he could make me with this eye or ear
He will remain so.

Distinguish him from others, he did keep
Pis,

I humbly thank your highness. The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchiel,
Queen. Pray, walk a while.

Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind
Imo.

About some half hour hence, Could best express how slow his soul sail'd on,
I pray you, speak with me: you shall, at least, How swift his ship.
Go see my lord aboard: for ihis time, leave me..

Imo.

Thou should'st have made him {Exeunt. As little as a crow, or less, ere left

To aster-eye him. SCENE III.-A public place. Enter Cloten, and

Pis,

Madam, so I did. two Lords.

lino. I would have broke mine eye-strings;

crack'd them, but 1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; To look upon him; till the diminution the violence of action hath made you reek as a sac- or space had pointed him sharp as my needle: rifice: Where air comes out, air comes in : there's Nay, follow'd'him, till he had inelted from none abroad so wholesome as that you vent.

The smallness of a gnat to air; and then
Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it- Have turn'd mine eye, and wept.-But, good Pa
Have I hurt him?

sanio,
2 Lord. No, faith ; not so much as his patience. When shall we hear from him?

(Aside.
Pis.

Be assurd, madam, i Lord. Hurt him? his body's a passable car- with his next vantage." cass, if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for

Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had steel, if it be not hurt. 2 Lord. His steel was in debt; it went o’the How I would think on him, at certain hours,

Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him, backside the town.

[Asiile. Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him sweat Clo. The villain would not stand me.

The shes of Italy should not betray 2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd him,

[/side. At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, 1 Lord. Stand you! You have land enough of To encounter me with orisons, for then your own: but he added to your having; gave you I am in heaven for him; or ere I could some ground.

Give him that parting kiss, which I had set 2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans: Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father, Puppies !

(Aside.

And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, Clo

. I would, they had not come between us. 2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured how Shakes all our buds from growing. long a fool you were upon the ground. (Aside.

Enter a Lady. Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and refuse me!

Lady.

The queen, madam, 2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, she, Desires your highness' company. is damned.

Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them des

[. A side. 1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and

patch'd.. her brain go not together : She's a good sign,

but I I will attend the queen.
Pis.

Madam, I shall. [Exe. have seen small reflection of her wit.2

2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the re- SCENE V.-Rome. An apartment in Philario's flection should hurt her.

[Aside. house. Enter Philario, lachimo, « Frenchman

a Dutchman, and a Spaniard. (1) Her beauty and sense are not equal. (2) To understand the force of this idea, it should lach. Believe it, sir : I have seen him in Britain: be remembered that anciently almost every sign had a motto, cr some attempt at a witticism, under (3) Opportunity. neath it.

(4) Meet me with reciprocal prayer, TOL. II.

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he was then of a crescent note;' expected to prove lach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours of 80 worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name Italy. of: but I could then have looked on him without the Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, help of admiration; though the catalogue of his en- I would abate her nothing; though I profess my. dowments had been tabled by his side, and I to self her adorer, not her friend. peruse him by items.

lach. As fair, and as good (a kind of hand-inPhi. You speak of him when he was less furnish- hand comparison,) had been something too fair, and ed,? than now he is, with that which makes him too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went beboth without and within.

fore others I have seen, as that diamond of yours French. I have seen him in France: we had very out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not but bemany there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes lieve she excelled many: but have not seen the

most precious diamond that is, nor you the lady. lach. This matter of marrying his king's daugh Post. I praised her, as I rated her: so do I my ter (wherein he must be weighed rather by her stone. value, than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a lach. What do you esteem it at ? great deal from the matter.

Post. More than the world cnjoys. French. And then his banishment:

lach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, lach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep or she's out-priz’d by a trifle. this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are won Post. You are mistaken : the one may be sold, or derfully to extend to him; be it but to fortify her given ; if there were wealth enough for the purchase, judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, or merit for the gist: the other is not a thing for for taking a beggar without inore quality. But how sale, and only the gift of the gods. comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps Iach. Which the gods have given you ? acquaintance ?

Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to Iach. You may wear her in title yours: but, you whom I have been often bound for no less than my know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds

. life:

Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your brace of Enter Posthumus.

unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and

the other casual; a cunning, thies, or a that way. Here comes the Briton: Let him be so entertained accomplished courtier, would hazard the winning amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your both of first and last. knowing to a stranger of his quality. I beseech! Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished you all, be better known to this gentleman ; whom a courtier, to convince' the honour of my mistress; I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine: How is, in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather I do nothing doubt, you have store of thieves; notthan story him in his own hearing.

withstanding, I fear not my ring. French. Sir, we have known together in Orleans. Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen.

Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy sig courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay nior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are still.

familiar at first. French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness: 1 lach. With five times so much conversation, I was glad I did atone my countryman and you ; It should get ground of your fair mistress ; make her had been pity, you should have been put together go back, even to the yielding; had I admittance, with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon and opportunity to friend. importance of so slight and trivial a nature. Post. No, no.

Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young Iach. I dare, thereon, pawn the moiety of my traveller ; rather shunn'd to go even with what I estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'er. heard, than in my every action to be guided by values it something: But I make my wager rather others' experiences: but, upon my mended judg. against your confidence, than her reputation : and, ment (if I offend not to say it is mended,) my quar- to þar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it rel was not altogether slight.

against any lady in the world. French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement Post. You are a great deal abused to in too bold of swords; and by such two, that would, by all a persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what likelihood, have confounded? one the other, or have you're worthy of, by your attempt. fallen both.

lach. What's that? Iach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the Post. A repulse : Though your attempt, as you difference?

call it, deserve more; a punishment too. French, Safely, I think: 'twas a contention in Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this : it came in too public, which may, without contradiction, suffer the suddenly ; let it die as it was born, and, I pray you, report. It was much like an argument that fell out be better acquainted. last night, where each of us fell in praise of our lach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my country mistresses : This gentleman at that time neighbour's, on the approbation of what I hara vouching (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation,) spoke. his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, constant Post. What lady would you choose to assail ? qualified, and less attemptible, than any the rarest Tach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, of our ladies in France.

stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats Iach. That lady is not now living; or this gen- to your ring, that, commend me to the court where. tleman's opinion, by this, worn out.

your lady is, with no more advantage than the opp Post. She holds her virtuc still, and I my mind. portunity of a second conference, and I will bring

(1) Increasing in fame. (2) Accomplished. (3) Forms him. (4) Praise. (5) Reconcile, B) Importunity, instigation. (7) Destroyed.

(8) Lover, --I speak of her as a being I reference, not as a beauty whom I enjoy.

(9) Overcome. (10) Deceived. (11) Prooi.

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